Amy Goodman is an American broadcast journalist, syndicated columnist,
investigative reporter, and author. Goodman's investigative journalism
career includes coverage of the East Timor independence movement and
Chevron Corporation's role in Nigeria. Since 1996, Goodman has hosted
Democracy Now!, an independent global news program broadcast daily on
radio, television and the Internet. She is the recipient of numerous
awards, including the
Thomas Merton Award in 2004, a Right Livelihood
Award in 2008, and an Izzy Award in 2009 for "special achievement in
In 2012, Goodman received the
Gandhi Peace Award
Gandhi Peace Award for a "significant
contribution to the promotion of an enduring international peace".
Goodman is the author of six books, including the 2012 The Silenced
Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations, Resistance, and Hope,
and the 2016 Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements
Changing America. In 2016, she was criminally charged in connection
with her coverage of protests of the Dakota Access pipeline. The
charges, which were condemned by the Committee to Protect Journalists,
were dismissed on October 17, 2016.
1 Early life
Investigative journalism career
2.1 Democracy Now!
2.2 Interview with President Clinton
2.3 Arrest at 2008 Republican Convention
2.4 Douglas border crossing incident
2.5 North Dakota access pipeline protests
6 See also
8 External links
Both of Goodman's parents were active in social action groups.
George Goodman was an ophthalmologist and a founding member of the
Long Island chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility.
Dorothy Goodman, a literature teacher and later a social worker,
co-founded a local chapter of the SANE/Freeze peace group. One of
Goodman's brothers, David Goodman, is also an investigative journalist
and has co-authored books with his sister.
Goodman is from an secular Jewish family. Her maternal grandfather
was an Orthodox Rabbi. Raised in Bay Shore, New York, she
graduated from Bay Shore High School in 1975, and from Radcliffe
College, Harvard University, in 1984, with a degree in
anthropology. Goodman spent a year studying at the College of the
Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Investigative journalism career
Goodman speaking at Power to the Peaceful Festival, San Francisco
In 1991, covering the East Timor independence movement, Goodman and
Allan Nairn reported that they were badly beaten by
Indonesian soldiers after witnessing a mass killing of Timorese
demonstrators in what became known as the Santa Cruz Massacre.
In 1998, Goodman and journalist
Jeremy Scahill (later a founding
editor of The Intercept, along with
Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras)
documented Chevron Corporation's role in a confrontation between the
Nigerian Army and villagers who had seized oil rigs and other
equipment belonging to oil corporations. Two villagers were shot and
killed during the standoff. On May 28, 1998, the company
provided helicopter transport to the
Nigerian Navy and Mobile Police
(MOPOL) to their Parabe oil platform, which had been occupied by
villagers who accused the company of contaminating their land. Soon
after landing, the Nigerian military shot and killed two of the
protesters, Jola Ogungbeje and Aroleka Irowaninu, and wounded 11
others. Chevron spokesperson Sola Omole acknowledged that the company
transported the troops, and that use of troops was at the request of
Chevron's management. The documentary, Drilling and Killing: Chevron
and Nigeria's Oil Dictatorship, won the
George Polk Award in 1998.
Michael Delli Carpini, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication,
said, "She's not an editorialist. She sticks to the facts... She
provides points of view that make you think, and she comes at it by
saying: 'Who are we not hearing from in the traditional media?'"
Main article: Democracy Now!
Goodman had been news director of
Pacifica Radio station
WBAI in New
York City for over a decade when she co-founded
Democracy Now! The War
and Peace Report in 1996. Since then,
Democracy Now! has been called
"probably the most significant progressive news institution that has
come around in some time" by professor and media critic Robert
In 2001, the show was temporarily pulled off the air, as a result of a
conflict with a group of
Pacifica Radio board members and Pacifica
staff members and listeners. During that time, it moved to a converted
firehouse from which it broadcast until November 13, 2009.
Democracy Now! subsequently moved to a studio located in the Chelsea
neighborhood of Manhattan.
Goodman credits the program's success to the mainstream media
organizations who leave "a huge niche" for Democracy Now!
Interview with President Clinton
Bill Clinton called
WBAI on Election Day 2000 for a
quick get-out-the-vote message, Goodman and WBAI's Gonzalo Aburto
challenged him for 28 minutes with human rights questions about
Leonard Peltier, racial profiling, the Iraq sanctions, Ralph Nader,
the death penalty, the
North American Free Trade Agreement
North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
the normalization of relations with Cuba, and the
Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Clinton defended his administration's
policies and charged Goodman with being "hostile and
Arrest at 2008 Republican Convention
During the 2008 Republican National Convention, several of Goodman's
Democracy Now! were arrested and detained by police
while reporting on an anti-war protest outside the RNC. While
trying to ascertain the status of her colleagues, Goodman herself was
arrested and held, accused of obstructing a legal process and
interfering with a police officer, while fellow Democracy Now!
producers including reporter Sharif Abdel Kouddous were held on
charges of probable cause for riot. The arrests of the producers
were videotaped. Goodman and her colleagues were later
released, and City Attorney John Choi indicated that the charges
would be dropped. Goodman's (et al.) civil lawsuit against the St.
Paul and Minneapolis police departments and the Secret Service
resulted in a $100,000 settlement, as well as an agreement to educate
First Amendment rights of members of the press and
Douglas border crossing incident
On November 25, 2009, Goodman was detained for approximately 90
minutes at the Douglas border crossing into Canada while en route to a
scheduled meeting at the Vancouver Public Library. Immigration
officials asked questions pertaining to their intended topics of
discussion at the meeting. They wanted to know whether she would be
speaking about the
2010 Olympic Games
2010 Olympic Games to be held in Canada.
Goodman was eventually permitted to enter Canada after the customs
authorities took four photographs of her and stapled a "control
document" into her passport demanding that she leave Canada within 48
North Dakota access pipeline protests
Goodman c. 2016
In September 2016, Goodman covered the Dakota Access Pipeline protests
in Morton County, North Dakota; footage from her reporting "showed
security personnel pepper-spraying and siccing attack dogs on
Democracy Now! aired the footage, Goodman
was charged by state prosecutor Ladd Erickson first with criminal
trespass and, after that charge was dismissed, with riot, and
an warrant for her arrest was issued. Erickson asserted that
Goodman acted as "a protester" rather than a journalist, because
"Everything she reported on was from the position of justifying the
Goodman turned herself in to Morton County on October 17, saying that
she would be fighting the charges against her as a "clear violation"
of the First Amendment, which guarantees freedom of the press.
Goodman was supported by the Committee to Protect Journalists, which
issued a statement saying: "This arrest warrant is a transparent
attempt to intimidate reporters from covering protests of significant
public interest. [...] Authorities in North Dakota should stop
embarrassing themselves, drop the charges against Amy Goodman, and
ensure that all reporters are free to do their jobs." Steve
Andrist, executive director of the North Dakota Newspaper Association,
also expressed concern that a journalist was one of only two people
from the day in question wanted for arrest; authorities said that
Goodman was charged because she was identifiable on the video
On October 17, 2016, the case was dismissed by District Judge John
Grinsteiner, who found no probable cause to support a riot
charge. The charges against Goodman reportedly increased
the public awareness on the Dakota Access Pipeline protests.
Goodman had presented that day's
Democracy Now! broadcast from in
front of the Morton County Courthouse. This is seen as part of
attacks on journalistic freedom,
Deia Schlosberg was arrested in
similar circumstances while reporting on pipeline related
Amy Goodman gives a keynote address at the 2013
National Conference for Media Reform in Denver, Colorado.
Goodman has received dozens of awards for her work, including the
Robert F. Kennedy Prize for International Reporting (1993, with Allan
Nairn) and the
George Polk Award (1998, with Jeremy Scahill).
In 1999, she declined to accept the
Overseas Press Club
Overseas Press Club Award, in
protest of the group's pledge not to ask questions of keynote speaker
Richard Holbrooke and because the OPC was honoring
Indonesia for their improved treatment of journalists despite the fact
that its forces had recently beaten and killed reporters in occupied
On October 2, 2004, Goodman was presented the Islamic Community Award
for Journalism by the Council on American-Islamic Relations. On
November 18, 2004, she was presented the Thomas Merton Award. In
2006 she received the Puffin/Nation Prize for Creative
Goodman was a recipient of the 2008 Right Livelihood Award. The Right
Livelihood Award Foundation cited her work in "developing an
innovative model of truly independent grassroots political journalism
that brings to millions of people the alternative voices that are
often excluded by the mainstream media".
On March 31, 2009, Goodman was the recipient, along with Glenn
Greenwald, of the first Izzy Award (named after journalist I. F.
"Izzy" Stone) for "special achievement in independent media". The
award is presented by Ithaca College's Park Center for Independent
In May 2012, Goodman received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree
DePauw University in recognition of her journalistic work.
She also received the
Gandhi Peace Award
Gandhi Peace Award from Promoting Enduring
Peace, for a "significant contribution to the promotion of an enduring
On May 16, 2014, Goodman received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree
from Purchase College, SUNY in recognition of her progressive
In February 2015, Goodman (along with Laura Poitras) received the 2014
I.F. Stone Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nieman Foundation for
Journalism at Harvard.
2004 – The Exception to the Rulers: Exposing Oily Politicians, War
Profiteers, and the Media That Love Them co-written with her brother,
Mother Jones reporter David Goodman. ISBN 1-4013-0799-X
2006 – Static: Government Liars, Media Cheerleaders, and the People
who Fight Back (also with David Goodman). She appeared on the Colbert
Report on October 5, 2006, to promote the book.
2008 – Standing up to the Madness: Ordinary Heroes in Extraordinary
Times (also with David Goodman) details the capabilities of ordinary
citizens to enact change. Was on The New York Times Best Seller list.
2009 – Breaking the Sound Barrier (with a preface by journalist Bill
Moyers), an anthology of columns written for King Features Syndicate.
In her first piece she wrote: "My column will include voices so often
excluded, people whose views the media mostly ignore, issues they
distort and even ridicule." ISBN 1-931859-99-X
2012 – The Silenced Majority: Stories of Uprisings, Occupations,
Resistance, and Hope ISBN 1-6084-6231-5
2016 – Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing
America (with David Goodman and Denis Moynihan)
In 2006, Goodman narrated the film One Bright Shining Moment: The
Forgotten Summer of George McGovern, a documentary that chronicles the
life and times of George McGovern, focusing on his failed 1972 bid for
List of peace activists
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Democracy Now!: Twenty Years Covering the Movements Changing America
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Amy Goodman Remembers Her Grandmother, a
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^ "Massacre: The Story of East Timor", Democracy Now!, November 12,
1997. Retrieved January 14, 2018.
Drilling and Killing Archived August 5, 2004, at the Wayback
Machine.: As President Bush Meets with the CEO of Chevron Texaco in
Nigeria, a Look at Chevron’s Role in the Killing of Two Nigerian
Villagers", Democracy Now!, July 11, 2003. Retrieved September 17,
^ "Jeremy Scahill". Common Dreams. Retrieved 2017-04-13.
^ Tanya Barrientos, "She’s taking the watchdog to task", The
Philadelphia Inquirer, May 13, 2004
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Nation. Archived from the original on December 9, 2012.
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WBAI Listeners Get Their
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^ Andy Worthington Archive for November 2009. Andyworthington.co.uk.
Retrieved on March 23, 2013.
Democracy Now! Exclusive Interview with President Bill Clinton,
Democracy Now!, November 8, 2000. Retrieved September 17, 2009.
Bill Clinton Loses His Cool in
Democracy Now! Interview on
Everything But Monica, Democracy Now!, June 22, 2004. Retrieved
September 17, 2009.
^ When Iraq Was Clinton’s War Bill Clinton's "quiet war" on Iraq set
the stage for George W. Bush's bloody invasion. By Chip Gibbons
WBAI Be Saved? by Nat Hentoff. Village Voice. April 10, 2001
^ Crashing the Party: Taking on the Corporate Government in an Age of
Ralph Nader (Macmillan, 2007)
^ To Amy Goodman, Independent Media's 'the Oxygen of Democracy' KVMR
Amy Goodman meets
Bill Clinton - Democracy Now - full 28 minutes
wn.com 01 Feb 2011
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^ "Democracy Now!'s Amy Goodman, Sharif Abdel Kouddous and Nicole
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Producers at 2008 GOP Convention". Democracy Now!. October 3, 2011.
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Settle Lawsuit Over
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2008 Republican National Convention Arrests". The
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^ "Six-Figure Settlement Reached in Federal Lawsuit Challenging Police
and Secret Service Crackdown on
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Edition, November 27, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2009 (archived)
^ Kathy Tomlinson, "US journalist grilled at Canada border crossing",
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for "Democracy Now!" host Amy Goodman". CNN Money.
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Amy Goodman Is Facing Prison
for Reporting on the Dakota Access Pipeline. That Should Scare Us
All". The Nation. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
^ "MEDIA ADVISORY: Journalist
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Dakota Authorities". Democracy Now!. October 13, 2016. Retrieved
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'raises a red flag'". Bismarck Tribune.
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County Courthouse". Bismarck Tribune. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
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at the Wayback Machine., Democracy Now!, April 23, 1999. Retrieved
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Gandhi Peace Award Presented to
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Filmmaker Laura Poitras", February 6, 2015.
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Gandhi Peace Award laureates
1960 Eleanor Roosevelt / Edwin T. Dahlberg
1961 Maurice Eisendrath / John Haynes Holmes
1962 Linus Pauling / James Warburg
1963 E. Stanley Jones
1966 A. J. Muste
1967 Norman Thomas / Jerome Davis / William Sloane Coffin
1968 Benjamin Spock
1970 Wayne Morse / Willard Uphaus
1972 U Thant
1975 Dorothy Day
1976 Daniel Ellsberg
1978 Peter Benenson / Martin Ennals
1979 Roland Bainton
1980 Helen Caldicott
1981 Corliss Lamont
1982 Randall Watson Forsberg
1984 Robert Jay Lifton / Kay Camp
1986 Bernard Lown
1987 John Somerville
1989 César Chávez
1990 Marian Wright Edelman
1991 George McGovern
1992 Ramsey Clark
1993 Lucius Walker
1994 Roy Bourgeois
1995 Edith Ballantyne
1996 New Haven-León Sister City Project
1997 Howard / Alice Frazier
2002 Michael True
2003 Dennis Kucinich
2004 Karen Jacob / David Cortright
2011 Ehud Bandel / Arik Ascherman
2012 Amy Goodman
2013 Bill McKibben
2014 Medea Benjamin
Recipients of the Orwell Award
1975: David Wise
1976: Hugh Rank
1977: Walter Pincus
1978: Sissela Bok
1979: Erving Goffman
1980: Sheila Harty
1981: Dwight Bolinger
1982: Stephen Hilgartner, Richard C. Bell, and Rory O'Connor
1983: Haig Bosmajian
1984: Ted Koppel
1985: Torben Vestergaard and Kim Schroder
1986: Neil Postman
1987: Noam Chomsky
1988: Donald Barlett and James B. Steele
Edward S. Herman and Noam Chomsky
1990: Charlotte Baecher, Consumers Union
1991: David Aaron Kessler
Donald L. Barlett and James Steele
1993: Eric Alterman
1994: Garry Trudeau
1995: Lies of Our Times
1996: William D. Lutz
1997: Gertrude Himmelfarb
1998: Juliet Schor
1998: Scott Adams
1999: Norman Solomon
2000: Alfie Kohn
Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber
2002: Bill Press
Seymour Hersh and Arundhati Roy
Jon Stewart and
The Daily Show
The Daily Show cast
2006: Steven H. Miles
2007: Ted Gup
2008: Charlie Savage
2009: Amy Goodman
2010: Michael Pollan
2011: F.S. Michaels
Peter Zuckerman and Amanda Padoan
2013: Paul L. Thomas
2014: The Onion
2015: Anthony Cody
2016: David Greenberg
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